Projects to treat and prevent HIV, reduce the impact of sepsis in critically ill patients, and improve universal child health are some of the major UNSW Sydney winners in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding announced by Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt.
UNSW was awarded $47 million for 31 projects – 29 investigator grants and 2 partnership projects – across the Faculties of Medicine, Science, Engineering and Arts and Social Sciences.
More than $44 million for 29 projects was awarded to UNSW researchers under the new Investigator Grant Scheme, providing five-year funding certainty for high performing health and medical researchers from all career stages.
Within UNSW’s affiliated Medical Research Institutes, six grants were awarded to The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, two to Neuroscience Research Australia and five to The George Institute for Global Health. UNSW Medicine received a total of 26 grants worth a total of $38.5 million.
This places UNSW third overall among Australia’s leading Group of Eight universities in this round of funding.
UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Nicholas Fisk said this new funding underscores the exceptional scope of discovery and dedication of UNSW’s researchers and their teams in tackling society’s major health challenges.
“This inaugural round of the new Investigator Grants scheme combining five year fellowship and project costs was always going to be highly competitive, so this result is outstanding,” Professor Fisk said. “The results highlight UNSW’s exceptional research with multiple grants in transmission and prevention of HIV, and in reducing the burden of mental and neurological illness.”
Some of the UNSW recipients include:
For a full list of recipients click here.